Dr Mamphela Ramphele is co-founder of ReimagineSA and the Chair of the Tutu IP Trust. She was co-president of the Club of Rome between 2018 and 2023. She is a change agent rooted in the Black Consciousness philosophy that enabled many young people in the 1970s to self-liberate from the inferiority complex imposed by racist oppression and inspired the revival of the liberation struggle that ushered in political freedom in 1994.
She is a medical doctor (MBChB), a social anthropologist (PhD), an accomplished researcher and a co-author with Francis Wilson, of Uprooting Poverty: The SA Challenge. Her research on the psycho-social impacts of poverty and inequality led to the publication of six books: A Bed Called Home- Life in Migrant Worker Hostels; Steering by the Stars – Growing up in Townships; Laying Ghosts to Rest – the Legacy of Race, Class and Gender in SA; A Passion for Freedom – Autobiography; Dreams, Betrayal and Hope.
Dr Ramphele has published numerous journal and popular media articles on the unacknowledged legacy of colonial conquest, apartheid and global inequities, and on the urgent need for healing to restore our humanity as one human family and she continues to promote global equity for a healthy planet.
A global public servant sitting on numerous advisory boards, panels and commissions, Dr Ramphele is a sought-after speaker. She is a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, former Managing Director at the World Bank and non-Executive Director of numerous large corporate and civil society organisations. Dr Ramphele is an author and recipient of many awards including 23 honorary degrees.